Aired: September 18, 1955
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis host the season premiere of the series now titled The Colgate Variety Hour.
The show opens with Martin as Hal April, the host of The $64,000,000 Question. Lewis plays returning champ Morty M.M. Morton who, against his will, is risking his winnings for more cash. Once he survives a ridiculously hard question in the isolation booth, he's ready for the $64,000,000 question. He's given headphones and placed in a huge tank of water. As Martin reads the long question, he keeps shoving Lewis underwater, which leads to many ad-libs from the soaking wet Jerry. At one point, a sputtering Lewis yells, 'Haven't you heard? The feud is over!"
On a train station set, Dean sings "Nevertheless, I'm in Love With You."
In a pool hall sketch, Martin is trying to play a game, but Lewis shows up causing nothing but distractions. Before it's all over, they're both covered in chalk dust. He then pitches Martin on a song he's written called, "Yetta, I Can't Forget Her." When Martin passes on it, Lewis turns on the radio to hear Sinatra singing it. They wrap up the sketch by stepping in front of the curtain and performing "Side by Side." This version talks about their recent feuding and how they're now made up.
A boxer (Lewis) makes his debut as a singer, with his nose taped down and lots of "dees" and "dohs" in the lyric.
In a nightclub setting, Martin performs "I Like 'Em All." Then Lewis comes out to plug their new movie You're Never Too Young. He then introduces Freddie Bell and the Bellhops who perform the rock-and-roll song "Rock'a Beat Boogie." Dean and Jerry join the band for a crazy rock tune called "Shake a Hand", with Lewis doing a whole lot of shaking and shrieking.
In the final break, they thank Sinatra for singing "Yetta" earlier and plug his appearance in Our Town "tomorrow night on NBC color and black and white networks." They then reprise their "Side by Side" number as the credits roll.
Freddie Bell and the Bellhops...Guest
A classic example of live TV comedy. For the sake of search engines and researchers I should note that the name of the band featured is wrong. The correct name of the group is Freddie Bell and the Bellboys, not Bellhops. I'm not sure if Jerry Lewis got the name wrong or maybe the group went by that name at some point, but the group is much better known as the Bellboys. And the song they sing is a cover of Bill Haley's "Rock-a-Beatin' Boogie".
June 27, 2014 Subject:
Showbiz at it's finest hour!
The creativity they used for the show is genius. You will never see anything like that during today's television. I was very impressed with how they were able to entertain with good clean fun. They set the standard for everyone to follow in my opinion. Jerry Lewis is the ultimate goofball. He reminded me of dumb and dumber.
January 6, 2014 Subject:
wow today there is nothing like that on TV
what an amazing show, what creative minds. Unbelievable comedy and all g rated. This is what built our nation. Not x rated comedians who hate people with family values....Today it is hard to find many real comedians who can read the audience and not have to be a pig to get a reaction.
red skelton, jack benny, bill cosby
jackie gleson, art carney, sammy davis, ann marie. burns and alan. lucy and ricky
Great nostalgia.I enjoyed it,esp pool room sketch.How the ads have alterd in 50+ years - so innocent.
April 30, 2012 Subject:
The show that brightens your teeth
Interesting comedy, beautifully preserved on kinescope.
The rock and roll performance was.....interesting, and has historical value due to the relative rarity of such footage from 1955.
The original commercials are fun and add some context of the times to the episode.
November 12, 2011 Subject:
The Colgate Comedy Hour.
Season 6, episode 1.
Original air date: 18 September 1955.
Cast: Dean Martin (Himself- Host/ Various Characters), Jerry Lewis (Himself- Host/ Various Characters), Freddie Bell and the Bellboys (Themselves- Singers), Wendell Niles (Himself- Announcer) and Dick Stabile (Himself- Orchestra Leader).
Good opening sketch, Good interpretation by Dean Martin. Jerry Lewis better than usual.
September 12, 2010 Subject:
Sorry Mates, The Best TV Show On The Archive Is.....
The best vintage tv show on Internet Archive. Video and audio quality are superb. Download the MPEG1 version - it's worth waiting for. I've never seen a better kinescope. Was this an early monochrome video tape? The skits were absolutely hilarious. The music was great, especially the early rock band "the bellhops". 56 years later this show loses nothing. Proof again that 21st century tv is pure garbage. Oh what we have lost!